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From Latin patefactio, from patefacere (to open), from patere (to lie open) + facere (to make).


patefaction (plural patefactions)

  1. The act of opening, disclosing, or manifesting; open declaration.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jeremy Taylor to this entry?)
    • 1896, Benjamin B. Warfield, The Right of Systematic Theology (page 422), in The Presbyterian and Reformed Review
      All revelation is reduced to the patefaction of God in the series of His great redemptive acts, to the exclusion—entire or partial—of revelation by word, which is sometimes represented, indeed, as in the nature of the case impossible.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for patefaction in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)